May 04, 2014
To: The Honorable Congressman Darrel Issa
2347 Rayburn House Office Building;
Washington, DC 20515
I am not a constituent of your district, but I am a constituent of congress. We have serious matters before our nation. As a Political Scientist and Economist the most serious issue before our nation is the upcoming ‘continuing resolution’. The Congress with which you serve, the same as that of my Congressman Justin Amash, have wasted valuable time and scarce economic resources on such issues as Benghazi by attempting to link former Secretary of State Clinton to some obscure linkage that she , provided military instructions of a “stand-down order” is simply disgraceful to the military and our government.
I would believe you have read, (possibly participate in ‘Closed Door’ congressional testimony) of Admiral Mullen and Ambassador Pickering last June which support the position that: “..”We found no evidence whatsoever that [Clinton] was involved in security decisions” about the compound in Benghazi, Mullen told investigators. “She did not have such a role,…”
That being said, I implore you in the name of the American Public with which you are sworn to serve, to take advantage of the power of your committee and its resources and Reform the budgetary process that will force OUR/Your Congress to do its job and create an operational budget that achieves and meets the needs of the American people and this nation within the time frame as designed by the founding fathers and create an end to ‘continuing resolutions’that defy economic logic.
One of the greatest dis-services our congress has done to this nation over the past two congressional sessions is its lack of financial guidance. Without a budget in place that provides a road map to direction of achievement of goals, our nation flounders and the Federal Reserve reaps the rewards of our treasury through untold amounts of interest collections and private asset attainment. Over eighty percent of American’s suffer from the loss of asset wealth of their property values that have plummeted from the banking scandal of 2008 and the cover ups of collusion and banking fraud that was perpetuated upon the American public.
Lastly, the most disgraceful of all acts, the Department of Defense and its failure each year to balance its own budget and demonstration of hundreds of billions and even trillions of dollars of write-offs of losses that go unaccounted. As reported by then Secretary Rumsfeld on September 10, 2001 the unaccounted for $2.3 trillion and the previous year of over $1 trillion dollars. I shall offer one of the reports that I have followed from 2006 here for your review in short:
Sustained Improvement in Federal Financial Management Is Crucial to Addressing Our Nation’s Financial Condition and Long-term Fiscal Imbalance
March 1, 2006, Government Accountability Office (formerly Government Accounting Office)
http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d06406thigh.pdf – Official .pdf version of 2005 report summary on GAO website
http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-06-406T – Non-.pdf version
GAO is required by law to annually audit the consolidated financial statements of the U.S. government. Until the problems discussed in GAO’s audit report … are adequately addressed, they will continue to … hinder the federal government from having reliable financial information to operate in an economical, efficient, and effective manner. For the ninth consecutive year, certain material weaknesses in internal control and in selected accounting and financial reporting practices resulted in conditions that continued to prevent GAO from being able to provide the Congress and American people an opinion as to whether the consolidated financial statements of the U.S. government are fairly stated in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Major impediments to an opinion on the consolidated financial statements continued to be (1) serious financial management problems at the Department of Defense. The federal government’s fiscal exposures now total more than $46 trillion, representing close to four times gross domestic product (GDP) in fiscal year 2005 and up from about $20 trillion or two times GDP in 2000.
I find this ongoing exacerbation of Benghazi fruitless and of zero benefit to the American Public when YOUR Committee is charged with upholding Constitutional validity and these most important issues have gone ignored, covered up and swept under the table in the name of political gamesmanship.
My students ask me day in and day out “why are we not addressing these most serious of issues?” I cannot answer then except to say “party politics”. I am tired of that answer. I demand more, I expect more. You are the Committee Chairman, you set the agenda, please share with me what to tell my students and those that I publish with your answer to the serious nature of our nation’s most delicate of problems and why you chose to not focus your reform matters on issue that HELP the American Public as opposed to creating divisive issues that impact only a specific political agenda?
Albert S. Abbasse
Political / Economist